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Generic Onboard Assessment of Turbulence Severity for UAS Platforms (GOATS-UAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0348
Agency Tracking Number: N181-017-0799
Amount: $124,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-017
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-05
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert McKillip
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution

An algorithmic approach for estimation of encountered turbulence intensity for UAS platforms is proposed for development, that leverage prior experience in development and testing of an icing detection scheme for tiltrotor aircraft. The methodology borrows from Fault Detection Filter design approaches, and uses a model-based scheme that is sufficiently general to permit its adoption onto a host of UAS platforms ranging in size and operational environment. Use of existing available data onboard the UAS avoids the need to install separate measurement systems, such as LIDAR-based sensors, and the system ultimately promises to help reduce structural fatigue loads on the UAS, leading to extended operational lifetimes. The Phase I program here will demonstrate the technology via limited simulation trials and a flight test program, and will provide sufficient risk reduction to allow for continued development to a prototype demonstration at the conclusion of the Phase II research and development program.

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